Sports Massage Therapy

Massage therapySports massage is an important part of serious training and can do wonders for sore muscles a week before a big race.

Using specific massage techniques, it enhances the performance of athletes recovering from activity, prevent overuse and helps rehabilitate injuries.

BENEFITS OF SPORTS MASSAGE

  • Increase circulation, waste removal
  • Enhance performance
  • Decreased muscle fatigue, helps flush out waste
  • Promotes lymphatic drainage
  • Decreased recovery time
  • Increased flexibility, by removing lactic acid
  • Improved muscle tone
  • Reduced tension in joints and ligaments
  • Relieve muscle soreness and inflammation
  • Prevent or recover from injury
  • Retain balance in body’s systems
  • Increase mental alertness
  • Decreased anxiety that affects your posture
  • Maintains ROM through active and passive remedial exercises

PRE-EVENT (15 – 20 minutes)
Warms up muscles and tendons through the use of invigorating techniques (rocking, shaking, compressions strokes into the muscle belly in a fast, repetitive motion) in preparation for intensive use. Used immediately prior to starting an event, pre-event work also gives athletes the chance to prepare mentally for maximal performance.

POST-EVENT (15 – 20 minutes)
After cooling down, post-event massage techniques (slow, calming, relaxing strokes) can help to relax tight muscles, relieve cramping, reduce recovery time, remove metabolic waste and decrease muscle soreness.

TRAINING
Used regularly during training, it can improve flexibility, lengthen shortened muscles, reduce spasms and address any muscle issues before they impair performance. Helps prevent injury, enhance performance, reduce recovery time and lets your muscles work more efficiently.

PRE-RACE
A pre-race massage should be done 5 – 6 days before the race to help increase circulation.

POST-RACE
The day after a race, walk for a few minutes then jog easily for a kilometre. Gently stretch after your jog and have your massage soon afterwards while the muscles are still warm. This will jump start your recovery.

REMEDIAL EXERCISE
Range of motion exercises for 2 minutes
Core strengthening
Athletic taping, used for injuries or prevention

FREQUENCY
1 – 2 times per week for event training
Deep tissue massage up to 72 hours before the event
Myofascial release up to 24 hours before the event
Pre-event up to one hour before the event
Post-event, the next day

Only members of the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO) are allowed to use the designation Massage Therapist (MT) or Registered Massage Therapist (RMT).

Massage Therapy is not covered by OHIP, but many private insurance companies cover treatment from a massage therapist as part of their employee health plan. Please consult your policy.

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